Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Altered notepad

My friend Linda saw a cute idea using legal pads, can't remember where right now *okie thinks she might have been ignoring Linda when Linda told her because Linda always is coming up with something cute that okie wants to make*, but anyway she had the legal pads cut in half at Staples and gave me some of the pads. I kept thinking I wanted to do something with them and then when I got my latest Cards magazine I knew what I wanted to do!

I cut chipboard where it would cover the back and front and scored along the length for the thickness. I covered both sides of the chipboard and then decorated the front. I also stamped each page of the notepad with the same greeting that I used on the front.

I covered the top of the notepad with some coordinating patterned paper. I did think about putting a ribbon at the top or something...but then decided against it.

I think next time I will cut the chipboard where it will extend 1/8th of an inch on the side.

Remember you can click the picture if you want to see a larger image.

I want to do one with food patterned paper so my neighbor Naomi can use for grocery lists. I might also try and figure out how to do it where she can replace the pad when she uses it all.


  1. what a great gift and neat idea.

  2. What a great it.
    couldn't you put a pocket in the back so you could just slide the back cardboard in and out to replace it when it's gone?

  3. Connie ( 22, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Is the name of that magazine just Cards? I'd love to subscribe but there are so many when I do an Internet search and I'm not sure when one is the one that gives you ideas other than just making cards. Would love to know any recommendations you have?

  4. What a clever idea!! I never thought about cutting a legal pad in two. Will have to try this. CarolH :)

  5. O wow that is so PRETTYYYYY!!!!

  6. Awesome idea!! I have been trying to come up with ideas for teaches gifts and little sweet things for people. This is such an inventive idea. Oh, I have to share with you, I am so excited I will be recieving a package on monday, a cricut expression for mothers day. I am beyond excited. I had a question do you have to use the deep cut blade to cut the chip board and or how did you cut yours for the book? Thank you Okie! Sorry this comment is so long, hehehehe

  7. what a neat idea. this would be cute as goodies at wedding shower i am giving. HHMMMM

  8. Very nice! I'm thinking about adding adhesive back magnetic strips to the back so I can put them on my fridge. Thanks for the idea.

  9. What an awesome idea! I'm a virgo and a total neat/organization freak, so this might be nice to help me tackle my need for order!

    And, it will look cute in my bag. :-)